For almost everyone, opening to the possibility that we can let of our ideas, beliefs, and opinions brings up a lot of resistance and fear. It is actually quite threatening: Who would I be without my beliefs? Who would I be if I didn’t grasp onto my opinions? Who would I be if I wasn’t looking for others and outside circumstances to bring the happiness and freedom I am yearning for? Who would I be if I fell into the heart, not as some sort of ideal, not as something I imagine, but something that I actually allow to happen at the deepest level? As soon as we begin to transform the ideas we have of ourselves, we get out of our own way, and a door then opens to who and what we really are. When our hearts begin to open, it becomes clear that none of us wants to cause anyone else to suffer either. ~Adyashanti
today is my brother’s birthday……
a day to hold close all that it means to live this life with sensitivity, with truth, with honor……..
Conscious alignment with the Real becomes not our goal but our ground. Our focus on what might be will yield to a focus on the here-and-now as hope for the future is replaced by lucid faith, a radical trust in life and its inherent ever-unfolding mystery. No matter how much knowledge we have, we keep opening to the Mystery, allowing revelation to be more central than heady explanation. And as we become more and more open spiritually, our individuality deepens and blooms. ~Robert Augustus Masters
No matter the medicinal virtues of being a true friend or sustaining a long close relationship with another, the ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone. ~David Whyte